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Thursday, March 26, 2020

🐄 The Dairy-Free Diet 🐄

The Dairy-free diet has been around for forever. About 65 percent of the human population has reduced ability to digest lactose after infancy. Which is over 5 billion people, or about 214 million of the 330 million people in the US. Typically people of East Asian descent have the highest rates of lactose intolerance affecting around 70 to 100 percent of the people of that descent. If humans have such a high rate of intolerance for dairy products, why are we consuming so much of it?

Humans don’t require milk after infancy. The gene that allows human adults to digest milk only evolved around 8,000 to 10,000 years ago. Which in evolutionary time, is no time at all. That is also why the majority of humans on the planet have an intolerance for it.

The reason this gene even came about at all is because in Europe at that time (8,000-10,000 years ago) there was widespread famine, and milk would have been a super food to the malnourished at the time. Also the rise of agriculture and domesticated animals would have allowed for more easy access to milk. Which all explains why the mutation spread so quickly.

Today, people of european descent typically have the easiest time digesting milk but we don’t really need it in our diets. We aren’t under the evoltuionary threat of famine, or malnutrition. And with technology advancing exponentially we no longer require dairy to be included in foods that we love. Such as ice cream, butter, cheese, milk, mayonnaise, creamer, the list goes on. There are dairy alternatives for every possible dairy product out there.

Not to mention the strain that the production of dairy does to our planet. The animals that are used for dairy production are treated like machines and thrown out when no longer usefull. Calves are ripped for their mothers, bulls are slaughtered, the methane that cows produce is warming our planet and destroying our ecosystems. Going Dairy-Free would lessen the demand for dairy, and potentially reduce the impact factory farming has on the planet.

I am going to write a whole post about factory farming and the negative impact it has so I'm not gonna go further in that topic on this post but if you wanted to learn more about the negatives of factory farming on your own here are some good documentaries that cover it really well. Cowspiracy, Food, inc. Rotten, Speciesims. There’s probably a lot more but these are some of the most famous.

As far as health benefits it’s pretty significant however it should be noted that different people have different reactions to going on a dairy-free diet. For many, it clears up acne, gives them more energy, and makes them feel “lighter”. Typically it leads to weight loss, improves digestion, and actually improves bone health in comparison to people who consumed milk.

If you are apprehensive about going Dairy-Free don’t be. Most people are lactose-intolerant anyway so the majority of the people on the planet have been living dairy-free for a long time. Also the consumption of milk in the US has gone down significantly every year since the 1970s and the consumption of dairy alternatives like soy and almond milk are on the rise. It’s so much easier than people think and even the smallest effort can have a huge impact on improving our planet.

Whatever you may choose, I just hope that it’s healthy for you and our planet.

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

🌎Why Anthropology is such an Underrated Degree🌎

Anthropology is the broad study of everything that makes us human. Linguistics, Biology, Culture, and Archaeology all fall under the umbrella of Anthropological studies. It’s the most humane of the sciences and the most scientific of the humanities. I studied Anthropology at university and I can tell you it’s an extremely underrated degree.

For one, it qualifies you for so many different careers that you’ll never be backed into a corner to pick only one. Besides becoming an actual anthropologist, careers range from forensic science to the arts. There's always a place for someone who has a Bachelor's degree in this field. Just a couple of examples of potential careers are in business, fashion, police investigation work, jobs in the medical field, etc. Honestly you can do almost anything with a degree in Anthropology.

 Businesses have to know the target audience of their products. You wouldn’t try and sell pork and alcohol to people in a primarily Muslim country. It’s the same idea for fashion, understanding cultural dress is of the highest importance to consider when writing blogs, commentary or reviews of fashion. Cultures wear dress to symbolize many things. Mostly, adherence and submission to their God/religion and their identity within a community. This is the same within American subcultures, people wear clothes to symbolize their adherence and identity within a group. Police use forensic anthropologists for skeletal analyses to solve murder cases (Bones the TV Show depicts a Forensic Anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan). Medical anthropologists study the relationship between health, illness, and culture. Beliefs and practices about health vary across different cultures and are influenced by social, religious, political, historical, and economic factors. (This is especially prominent right now during the Coronavirus Pandemic).

Not only does a BA in Anthropology allow you to have a broad skill set on which to gain your career it is also incredibly fascinating to study. To study what makes a human, a human, is the most rewarding knowledge you could gain. It teaches you how the world works. Gives you an understanding and compassion for other people. Instead of fear of the unknown, it’s curiosity. Do you ever wonder what would happen if people were focused on understanding each other before starting a conflict? Anthropology does just that. It explains foreign conflict, political action, wars, etc. As well as things that are far more complex like metaphysical phenomena, and what the human body is capable of. Philosophical Anthropology is a discipline dealing with questions of metaphysics and phenomenology of the human person, and interpersonal relationships. It raises and scientifically answers the age old questions ancient civilizations have pondered for milleniums. Where did we come from? Where are we going? Why do we look different? Why do we act so differently from place to place? All complexities that Anthropologists examine daily.

Some fields of anthropology are literally the stuff out of sci-fi novels. Theoretical Xenoanthropology is the study of alien cultures. If/whenever we make contact with aliens the first people that governments are going to recruit are Xeno Anthropologists. (This is depicted in the movie The Arrival 2016).

If I haven’t convinced you by now that Anthropology is worth studying then I doubt I ever will. But I can say with confidence that with the way our planet is headed, we’re gonna need more knowledgable Anthropologists or our future looks bleak. Why? Because capitalism lacks the attention span required for survival. But Anthropology does. I know first hand from myself and other Anthropology degree holders that it really does give you compassion for other people far beyond what any other field of study could. While we head into this pandemic unsure of what the future holds we can look to our Anthropologists of the world to help us figure out where we go next. And of course from the lessons that we’ve learned from history, however.. “Men do not learn very much from the lessons of history… and that is the most important lesson that history has to each.”

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